Bellingen Shire

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Bellingen Shire in 2021/22 was 0.77, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the highest ratio (1.00), while the lowest ratio was found in Mining (0.10).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Bellingen Shire could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
Bellingen Shire2021/222016/17
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3793791.004915090.96
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services21630.3418340.52
Wholesale Trade561130.50821260.65
Retail Trade3675300.694535870.77
Accommodation and Food Services5275430.974464630.96
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1451690.851131590.71
Information Media and Telecommunications431100.3922610.36
Financial and Insurance Services43690.6241540.75
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services941260.7557690.83
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2422790.872182930.75
Administrative and Support Services1852250.821451930.75
Public Administration and Safety2132970.721933080.63
Education and Training4966470.773946090.65
Health Care and Social Assistance6859210.746008930.67
Arts and Recreation Services1261670.7560810.74
Other Services1682290.731621940.84
Total industries4,5585,9090.774,4325,5860.79

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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Bellingen Shire

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